Newsletter 66 - 17 October 2006
SWEDISH SOUTH ASIAN STUDIES NETWORK
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• SASNET invites to a workshop on student exchange with South Asia
SASNET holds a workshop on the "Role of of South Asia in the Internationalisation of Higher Education in Sweden" in Stockholm 28-29 November 2006. It is jointly organised by SASNET, Karolinska Institutet Medical University and the Swedish Institute, and will take place at Karolinska Institutet, Nobel Forum. The programme will include sessions with experiences from masters programmes and PhD studies in Sweden and in South Asia. The aim is to promote increased academic exchange with South Asia. Since South Asia and especially India is fastly becoming a major academic arena in the world, the workshop should be of great interest to teachers involved in international student exchange as well as administrators handling such exchanges at Swedish universities. There are still some room for more participants. Please write to SASNET's Lars Eklund if you are interested to participate! More information
• SASNET lecture about the Bhopal disaster 1984
The physician Ingrid Eckerman holds a SASNET lecture about the 1984 toxic disaster in Bhopal, in Lund on Wednesday 15 November, 19.30. It is titled ”The Bhopal Saga – causes and consequences of the world’s largest industrial disaster”. The lecture is organised in collaboration with the Association of Foreign Affairs in Lund. In 1994 Dr. Eckerman was a member of the International Medical Commission on Bhopal, and recently she wrote a book about the disaster that took place at the Union Carbide factory in Bhopal in 1984. Venue: Eden – room 131, Dept. of Polirical Science, Lund University, Paradisgatan 5. More information.
• SASNET seminar about Warlords and Taliban in Afghanistan
A seminar titled “Afghanistan: Warlords, Taliban or who will rule in the future?” will be held in Lund on Wednesday 29 November 2006, 19.30. Invited experts will lecture and initiate a discussion in this event jointly organised by SASNET, the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA), and the Association of Foreign Affairs in Lund. Venue: Nya Festsalen, Academic Society Building, Sandgatan 2, Lund. More information.
• Nobel Peace Prize to Mohammad Yunus and Grameen Bank
On Friday 13 October the Norwegian Nobel Committee decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2006, divided into two equal parts, to Bangladesh’s Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank, for their efforts to create economic and social development from below. Lasting peace can not be achieved unless large population groups find ways in which to break out of poverty. Micro-credit is one such means. Development from below also serves to advance democracy and human rights. Muhammad Yunus, formerly professor of Economics at Chittagong University, founded the bank in 1976. It has become a pioneer of micro-credit lending schemes for the poor in Bangladesh, especially women, so that they can launch their own businesses. The winners receive a prize of 10m Swedish kronor. More information.
• Grants from the Swedish Research Council to South Asia related projects
Two South Asia related projects were given three-years grants for the period 2007–09 from the Swedish Research Council for research within the fields of Humanities and Social Sciences 2006. The decisions were taken on 10 October 2006. Prof. Björn Asheim (photo to the left) from the Dept. of Social and Economic Geography, Lund University gets a major grant for a project titled ”Emerging Trends in Asia: from cost-based producers to global suppliers of innovation. Implications for industry growth in developed and developing countries” that will be carried out by Lund University’s new Centre of Excellence in innovation system research, CIRCLE (Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy); and Dr. Jürgen Offermanns, Division of Indic Religions, Department of History and Anthropology of Religion; Centre for Theology and Religious Studies, Lund University, gets another major grant for a project titled ”Buddhism – a Swedish Cultural Heritage”. More information about the 2006 grants.
• German award for Marc Katz research through the means of film
The Institute for Interreligious Studies in Germany has decided to give Dr. Marc Katz, Dept. of Religious Studies and Theology, Karlstad University, the 2006 INTR°A Project Award. The award, 5,000 Euro, is designed for individuals, groups or institutions that promote the complementation of the religions in word and deed. Dr. Katz gets the award for for his research of ways of religious life and his teaching on interreligious and interconfessional encounter through the means of film. The motivation says that ”his genuine, empathetic and instructive procedure is particularly convincing represented in the films Banaras Muharram and the Coals of Karbala and Tulsidas and the Fire of the Veda, developed and produced by Professor Katz together with Staffan Winbergh”. The award will be handed over during the coming INTR°A conference, to be held 17–19 November 2006 in Iserlohn, Germany. More information about Dr. Katz, his films and research.
• Doctoral dissertation about the Kalasha language in Pakistan
Jan Heegård Petersen, Dept. of Nordic Studies and Linguistics, University of Copenhagen, will defend his PhD thesis "Local case-marking in Kalasha" on Thursday 2 November 2006, 13.00. The research deals with Kalasha, an Indo-Aryan ("Dardic") language with about 4,000 speakers in the Hindu Kush mountains in Northwest Pakistan, and is based on fieldwork in the region. Petersen has previously published studies of the phonetics and grammar of the language. The thesis is a study of the case endings and postpositions in Kalasha. Venue: Room 23.0.50, Faculty of Humanities, Njalsgade 120, Copenhagen. Read the full dissertation (as a pdf-file)
• 2006 Right Livelihood Award to Ruth Manorama
Ruth Manorama is one of the three recipients of the 2006 Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the ”alternative Nobel Price”. They share the price of SEK 2 million. The other two recipients are Daniel Ellsberg, USA, and the Festival Internacional de Poesia de Medelin, Columbia. The award presentation ceremony will be held in the Swedish Parliament on Friday 8 December 2006. The motivation to give Ms Manorama the award is her ”commitment over decades to achieve equality for Dalit women, building effective and committed women's organisations and working for their rights at national and international levels”. She is working for the Indian National Alliance of Women (NAWO), the Indian National Federation of Dalit Women (NFDW), and Women‘s Voice in Bangalore. More information.
• Tenure-track positions at American universities
The Dept. of History at Rice University in Houston, Texas, USA, seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor in South Asian History. Applicants should have completed their PhD by July 1, 2007.
Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA, seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor of History, focused on South Asia and the Indian Ocean World (including Southeast Asia) since the year 1500. Application review will begin November 15, 2006; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA, announces a position as Associate Director for its Program in South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. Starting date is as soon as possible after the search closes. Interested individuals should submit a resume, short writing sample, and three letters of reference to: Sandra Bowman. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by November 1, 2006.
• The Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, announces a position as Assistant Professor Tenure-track in Modern South Asian History. Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 5 January 2007.
• Time to apply for Linnaeus Palme exchange programme grants
Applications for the Linnaeus Palme programme for the period 1 July 2007 – 30 June 2008 has to be delivered to the International Office or equivalent authority at the local Swedish university not later than 15 November, 2006. Decisions are taken by the International Programme Office for Education and Training in the middle of May, 2007. More information.
• Scholarships for studies at Indian universities
are offered on a reciprocal basis for two Swedish students every year by the Indian government through the Council of Cultural Relations in New Delhi. Applications for scholarships are managed through the Swedish Institute in Stockholm, who pass them on to the Indian Embassy in Stockholm. Last date for applications for the year 2007/08: 1 November 2006. More information on the scholarships, and application forms (only in Swedish).
• South Asia course at Göteborg University in the Spring 2007
The Centre for Asian Studies (CEAS) at the School for Global Studies, Göteborg University, In the Spring 2007 again organises a 10 credits special course called ”South Asia today”, involving a large number of the South Asia specialists at Göteborg University, including Björn Hettne, Camilla Orjuela, Gunilla Blomquist, Bent Jörgensen, Monica Erwér and Jan Johansson.
CEAS also runs a programme on basic and intermediate level (1–20 credits and 21–40 credits) in Asian studies every year, courses that include teaching on South Asia. During the Spring 2007 a B level 20 credits course (fortsättningskurs) will run.
• Time to apply for the 2007 LUMID programme in Lund
Lund University introduced a new 120 ECTS (80 Swedish credits) International Masters programme in applied Development and Management (LUMID) from the Fall semester 2006. LUMID is open to students both from Sweden and the rest of the world who wish to prepare for a career in international aid and development cooperation, or wishing to further their academic studies with this profile. Through the assistance of te Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), LUMID is able to offer students field based courses in project and programme management. The two-year programme is hosted by the Faculty of Social Sciences at Lund University, but multidisciplinarity is accomplished through teachers’ teams recruited from a number of faculties. Deadline for applications for the programme that will start in the Fall 2007 is already Wednesday 15 November 2006. More information on LUMID.
• Lots of panels and other activities at the 35th Madison conference on South Asia
The Center for South Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison arranges its 35th annual conference on South Asia, 19–22 October 2006. In recognition of the establishment in 1996, and the tenth anniversary of the American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies (AISLS), the Conference on South Asia will feature Sri Lanka as its theme for 2006. Various special events, panels and papers will be featured. The Annual Conference on South Asia attracts over 500 scholars and other interested parties annually, who travel from a dozen countries around the world and much of the United States. The conference features 75 or more academic panels and roundtables, as well as association meetings and special events ranging from performances to film screenings. Venue: Madison Concourse Hotel, 1 West Dayton St., Madison, Wisconsin, USA. More information.
The Madison conference also has a rich variety of side programmes, including public lectures, dance and music performances (including a concert with the maestro of Karnatic music, B. Balasubrahmaniyan, photo). Other programmes include a half-day workshop entitled ”Cinema of Violence”, about the films of Prasanna Vithanage, and an exhibition called ”The Art of African-Indians: Patchwork Quilts by the Siddis of Northern Karnataka”, where Siddi handicrafts and other materials on Siddi history, culture, and arts will be for sale.
A one-day pre-conference session about ”The ‘Long’ 1950s in South Asia” is held on Thursday 19 October 2006. It is organized by Itty Abraham, East-West Center, Washington; Kamran Asdar Ali, University of Texas, Austin, and Willem van Schendel, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. The conference aims at understanding the current transformations – dismantlings – taking place across South Asia without returning to the originary moment of post-colonial South Asia – the ‘long’ 1950s.
A Himalayan Policy Research Conference is also held in Madison as a pre.conference on Thursday 19 October. It is organised by the Nepal Study Center at University of New Mexico, as a pre-conference to the University of Wisconsin's 35th Annual Conference on South Asia (see above). The overall theme of the conference will be development, democracy and conflict in Nepal, but cross-country analyses involving more than one country are also strongly encouraged. Venue: Senate Room A, Concourse Hotel Info, Madison.
• Copenhagen conference on potential of fermented foods of South Asia
A one-day seminar about the potential of fermented foods of South Asia will be held in Copenhagen on Monday 23 October 2006, 9.00–15.30. The conference is titled “Fermented foods, health status, and wellbeing”, and is being jointly organised by SASNET Fermented Foods – a cluster of food scientists in South Asia and Scandinavia – and the Øresund Food Network. During the seminar, scientists from India, coming from prominent institutions of food and dairy research in the country, will present examples of modern food research on fermented foods being conducted in India. Special attention will be paid to health promoting foods. Venue: Øresund Food Network, Arne jacobsens Alle 15-17, Ørestad, Copenhagen. More information.
• Oslo conference about Rethinking Popular Representation
A conference/extended workshop on ”Rethinking Popular Representation” will be held at Randsvangen Hotel in Oslo on 26–27 October 2006. The conference is organised within the auspices of the Norwegian Network on Contextual Politics in Developing Countries (CPD). The researchers Neera Chandhoke and John Harriss will participate in a session titled ”Popular representation between Tradition and New Politics”; Kristian Stokke and Jayaveda Uyangoda in a session titled ”People, Citizens, and the Politics of Representation”; and Neil Webster, Jos Chathukulam and Ansa Masoed in a session titled ”Local Government and Citizens versus Governance and Users”. More information.
• Copenhagen conference on Gender and Religion in Global Perspectives
An International Conference on ”Gender and Religion in Global Perspectives” is held in Copenhagen 26–28 October 2006. The conference discusses whether gender and ideas about gender roles have been used and misused in religious revivals, and aims at bridging gender and religious studies and at transforming scholarship and reflection in both current and historical perspectives. More than 50 research papers, some with South Asia focus, will be presented. It is organised by the Research Priority Area: Religion in the 21st Century, and the Co-ordination for Gender Studies in Denmark. Venue: University of Copenhagen, Ø. Farimagsgade 5 A. More information.
• Geneva Workshop of Young Scholars from the Global South
The Second Workshop of Young Scholars from the Global South (WYSGS-2) is held in Geneva, Switzerland, 30 October – 3 November 2006. The workshop is organised by the Graduate Institute of International Studies, and iis aim is to promote outstanding young scholars from the Global South specializing in the study of international relations, broadly defined, mainly from the perspectives of history, political science, law, and economics. Candidates will typically be nearing completion of their Ph.ds at a southern university. Exceptionally, fresh Ph.ds from southern universities working within the region, and students from the south nearing completion of their Phds on south-related topics at northern universities may be considered. Selection will be based on the quality of research. More information.
• Nordic conference about Asian Studies at a Turning Point in Turku
A conference titled ”Asian Studies at a Turning Point: Tandem walk or boxing match between social sciences and humanities?” is held at the University of Turku, Finland, 6–7 November 2006. It runs parallell with an Intensive PhD Course for Nordic PhD students in Asian studies, to be held from 5 to 9 November in Turku. The conference sets out to offer a platform for academic dialogue on a wide range of methodological and paradigamatic topics across disciplinary and regional boundaries in Asian studies (including South Asian studies). Scholars from the Nordic countries and beyond are warmly welcomed to join us to make the conference an occasion of cutting-edge scholarly exchange. The conference is organized jointly by the Graduate School of Contemporary Asian Studies and the Centre for East Asian Studies, University of Turku; Nordic NIAS Council; and the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, NIAS. SASNET’s Director, Prof. Staffan Lindberg, will participate in the conference on its second day, in a roundtable discussion about ”Asian Studies in the Nordic Countrie”. More information.
• Swedish peace, conflict and development researchers meet in Uppsala
The Swedish Network of Peace, Conflict and Development Research arranges its second annual International conference in Uppsala 6–8 November 2006. The conference theme is ”Globalization and Peace-Building”. The Network will have some funds at its disposal to support paper presenters living in the developing world with their travel expenses to and from the conference. An edited volume of selected papers from the Conference will most probably be published by an international commercial publishing house afterwards.
• Berkeley conference on Sikh and Punjabi culture
An International Conference called ”Translating Culture. Sikh and Punjab Studies in Global Perspective” is held at the University of California at Berkeley, 11–12 November 2006. Panels and papers will focus on issues like ”Challenges of Translation ”, ”Translatability and Religious Criticism”, ”Translating Text and Practice”, and ”Translation in Transnational Perspective”. The conference is jointly organised by the Dept. of South and Southeast Asian Studies, and the Center for South Asian Studies, and is sponsored by the Sikh Foundation. It coincides with the 3rd Annual San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival (SFISAFF), this year presenting three films exploring Sikh identity. Venue: UC Berkeley, Lipman Room, Barrows Hall.
• Other conferences connected to South Asian studies arranged all over the World
See SASNET’s page, http://www.sasnet.lu.se/conferences.html#conf
• Stockholm seminar focused on new books in Swedish
A seminar about India is organised by Amnesty International Sweden in Stockholm on Tuesday 17 October 2006, 18.00–20.00. The basis for the seminar is the recent publication of new books on India in Swedish language. One of them is ”Moderna Indien” by the journalist Per J Andersson, and he will present the book during the seminar. The other books are two edited volumes about Dalit culture published by Indienbiblioteket. Hans Magnusson, Amnesty International and Dalit Solidarity Network Sweden, will open the discussion dealing with the divergent images of today’s India. Parul Sharma (photo to the right) from National Law School of India University in Bangalore (also guest lecturer at the Dept. of Law, Stockholm University) will talk about the human rights situation in India. Other participants are Eva-Maria Hardtmann, Dept. of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University, and the writer Tomas Löfström. Venue: ABF, Sveavägen 41, Stockholm. More information.
• Stockholm seminar on young people and the fight against poverty
A seminar titled ”Young people – an essential resource to combat poverty” is held in Stockholm on Wednesday 18 October 2006, 18–20. It is arranged by the Swedish Development Forum (FUF), and Landsrådet för Sveriges Ungdomsorganisationer (LSU). It focuses on how young people should be involved in the work to achieve the Millennium Goals, and contribute to the creation of a just and sustainable global development. Prabodhini Munasinghe, project leader for the Sida funded Democratic Youth Leadership Programme in Sri Lanka, is one of the participants. Venue: Immanuelskyrkan, Tulesalen, Kungstensgatan 17, Stockholm.
• CPAS lecture by Kathak Malla on the peace negotiations in Nepal
Dr. Katak Malla, Dept. of Law, Stockholm University, holds a CPAS lecture about ”The Agenda for Peace Negotiations in Nepal" in Stockholm on Wednesday 18 October 2006, 15–17. Following well-reported mass demonstrations in April, the authoritarian King Gyanendra's power was reduced. The Royal Army and the Maoists have concluded ceasefire and have held talks on how to rule Nepal. What are the major issues in the talks? How will Nepalese politics develop? It is part of a lecture series that the Center for Pacific Asia Studies (CPAS) organises every week. Venue: Hall B, Dept. of Oriental Languages, Stockholm University, Kräftriket 4.
• Lund seminar about Depletion of Oceanic Fish Stocks
A whole day seminar about ”Depletion of Oceanic Fish Stocks” will be held at Lund University Thursday 19 October 2006, 10.00–17.00. It is the last one in a series of seminars titled ”Seven Challenges for Sustainability” being arranged during the past year. The seminar deals with marine fishing and sustainability issues, and a panel of researchers and stake holders are invited to give lectures and to debate on this important topic for a global sustainable development. Among the invited guests are Olof Lindén, Professor in Marine Environmental Management at the World Maritime University in Malmö. The seminar is organised by Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS) and AGESI – Arena for Global Equity and Sustainable Issues. Venue: Lecture Hall Världen, Geocentrum I, Sölvegatan 10, 1st floor, Lund. More information.
• Copenhagen lecture about Nuristani music
Christer Irgens-Møller lectures about ”Musik fra Nuristan: Unikke materialer indsamlet på danske ekspeditioner till Afghanistan” in Copenhagen on Thursday 26 October 2006, 17–19. The lecture is organised by the Danish Society for Central Asia, and is part of a series of lectures carried out during 2006. Venue: Auditorium U3, Carsten Niebuhr Division, University of Copenhagen, Snorres gade 17–19, Copenhagen. More information.
• Kiran Mazumdar Shaw lectures at Karolinska Institutet
Dr. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, CEO of Biocon India, will hold a guest lecture at Karolinska Institutet (KI) in Stockholm on Friday 27 October 2006, 11.00–12.00. She will lecture about ”Leveraging cross border capabilities for affordable drug development”. The seminar is organised by Dr. C.B. Sanjeevi from the Molecular Immunogenetics Unit (being the coordinator for the Linnaeus-Palme Programme in Medicine for India at KI), and be chaired by KI’s President, Prof. Harriet Wallberg-Henriksson. Venue: Rockefeller salen, Nobels väg 11, KI Campus Solna.
• Roskilde seminar about formation of identities in the South
A Seminar titled ”A place of one’s own: schooling and the formation of identities in the South” is held at Roskilde University (RUC) on Tuesday 31 October 2006, 9.30 – 12.30. It is organised by the Dept. of Psychology and Educational Research at RUC. The researchers Ulla Ambrosius Madsen and Stephen Carney will discuss schooling across the World, based on their findings from various developing country contexts (Eritrea, Nepal, Zambia & Western China). Ulla Ambrosius Madsen has recently published a book on Nepal, titled ”A Place on one's own: Schooling and the Formation of Identities in modern Nepal: Nation Building, Identity and citizenship education: Cross cultural perspectives”. Venue: P.10, Roskilde University, Denmark.
• Copenhagen seminar about Forests, Conservation and Poverty Alleviation
A seminar on ”Forests, Conservation and Poverty Alleviation – Participatory Forest Management and the Role of the Poor” is held in Copenhagen on Tuesday 31 October 2006, 9.15–15.00. It is organised by the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) in collaboration with Danida and the Royal Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Registration is required by e-mail including name, title and organisation to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Thursday 26 October . Venue: DIIS, Main Auditorium, Strandgade 71, ground floor, Copenhagen. More information.
• Bidyut Mohanty lectures at Lund University
Dr. Bidyut Mohanty from the University of Delhi, India, lectures at Lund University on Wednesday 1 November 2006, 13.15–15.00. She will talk about ”One million women grasstroots (village council) leaders: How do they govern the communities?". Dr. Mohanty has been invited to Sweden by Dr Sidsel Hansson at ACE, through a SASNET grant to provide for a South Asian researcher to lecture at more than one university (more information). Venue: Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies (ACE), Scheelevägen 15 B, Lund. More information about Dr. Mohanty and her lecture.
• Lund University lecture about NGOs as agents of change in rural Bangladesh
Malin Arvidson, Dept. of Sociology, Lund University, lectures on ”Unlike the state: NGOs as agents of change in rural Bangladesh” in Lund on Thursday 9 November 2006, 13.15–15.00. She will discuss the NGO sector in Bangladesh, renowned for its size and groundbreaking actions such as empowerment of women through micro-credits, and how the sector has contributed to a generally strengthened civil society. The seminar is organised by the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS). Venue: Lecture Hall Världen, Geocentrum I, Sölvegatan 10, 1st floor, Lund. More information.
• Copenhagen lecture about the Kalasha people in Pakistan
Jan Heegård and Jørgen Rischel lecture about ”Kalasha-folket og danskerne” in Copenhagen on Thursday 9 November 2006, 17–19. The lecture is organised by the Danish Society for Central Asia, and is part of a series of lectures carried out during 2006. Venue: Auditorium U3, Carsten Niebuhr Division, University of Copenhagen, Snorres gade 17–19, Copenhagen. More information.
• Copenhagen lecture about Religion, Politics and Holy Shrines in Pakistan
Uzma Rehman will lecture about ”Religion, Politics and Holy Shrines in Pakistan” in Copenhagen on Tuesday 14 November 2006, 15.15. The seminar is organised by the Dept. of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen. Venue: Snorres gade 17-19, first floor, hall U8, Copenhagen.
• Bangladeshi Cultural Evening in Göteborg
Bangladesh Föreningen i Göteborg arranges a cultural evening programme on Wednesday 18 October 2006, 18.30. The programme includes Bengali music and dance, singing of Tagore songs, and a lecture about the history of Bangladesh. Venue: The Museum of World Cultures, Södra Vägen, Göteborg. See the full programme (as a pdf-file).
• Stockholm concert with Suranjana Ghosh and Sahana Bannerjee
Two female Indian classical musicians give a concert in Stockholm on Saturday 21 October 2006, 15.00. The graded tabla maestro Suranjana Ghosh and the promising sitar player Sahana Bannerjee (photo to the right), both from Kolkata, perform at Musikmuseet, Sibyllegatan 2, Stockholm. The programme is called ”Indisk Raga. Exklusiv konsert med kvinnliga mästarmusiker”. More information.
• India literature presented at Göteborg Book Fair
A new culmination of the activities of the Indian Library (Indienbiblioteket) comes during the Fall 2006. Three new books, part of the project, were launched during the Book- and Library Fair in Göteborg (Bok- och Biblioteksmässan), held 21–24 September 2006. One of them was the anthology ”Berättelsen på min rygg – Daliterna i uppror mot kastsystemet – Noveller, essäer, dokument”, edited by Dr. Eva-Maria Hardtmann, Dept. of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University, and Dr. Vimal Thorat, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. More information (in Swedish only).
• More Swedish departments where research on South Asia is going on:
Constantly added to the list of research environments at Swedish universities, presented by SASNET. The full list now includes 190 departments! Go to the presentation page.
ƒ Literature, Culture and Digital Media, School of Technoculture, Humanities and Planning, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlskrona
ƒ Center for Gender Studies (CFG), Faculty of Arts and Education, Karlstad University
ƒ Division of Social Anthropology, Dept. of Religion and Culture (IRK), Linköping University
• Several new articles recommended for reading
Look at http://www.sasnet.lu.se/recreading.html for suggestions on interesting new articles on South Asia in International media. Now included the 13 October 2006 article on ”Salman Rushdie: His life, his work and his religion” (by Johann Hari, Independent News and Media).
• New books recommended for reading
Look at http://www.sasnet.lu.se/newbooks.html. Includes new books by Dr. Anju Saxena, Dept. of Linguistics and Philology, Uppsala University; Dr. Adam Pain, Dept. of Urban and Rural Development; Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Uppsala; Sharul Parma, National Law School of India University (NLS) in Bangalore (and Dept. of Law, Stockholm University); and Dr. Suruchi Thapar-Björkert, connected to Ethnic Studies, Department of Social and Welfare Studies; Linköping University, Campus Norrköping.
Staffan Lindberg Lars Eklund
SASNET/ Swedish South Asian Studies Network
SASNET is a national network for research, education, and information about South Asia, based at Lund University. The aim is to encourage and promote an open and dynamic networking process, in which Swedish researchers co-operate with researchers in South Asia and globally.
The network is open to all sciences. Priority is given to co-operation between disciplines and across faculties, as well as institutions in the Nordic countries and in South Asia. The basic idea is that South Asian studies will be most fruitfully pursued in co-operation between researchers, working in different institutions with a solid base in their mother disciplines.
The network is financed by Sida (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) and by Lund University.
Postal address: SASNET – Swedish South Asian Studies Network, Scheelevägen 15 D, S-223 70 Lund, Sweden
Visiting address: Ideon Research Park, House Alfa 1 (first floor, room no. 2040), in the premises of the Centre for East and South East Asian Studies at Lund University (ACE).
Phone: + 46 46 222 73 40
Fax: + 46 46 222 30 41
Web site: http://www.sasnet.lu.se
Staff: Staffan Lindberg, director/coordinator & Lars Eklund, webmaster/deputy director